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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Anthem Subsidiaries Face Missouri Lawsuit Over Data Breach

April 16, 2015 11:32 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman was amended  to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach in December or January is responsible for fraudulent tax returns filed in their name, costing them a combined $6,753 in refunds.

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Investigators Warn Airplane Computers Could be Hacked

April 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy to do, or very likely. But it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit.

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Japanese Court Rejects Bid to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

April 16, 2015 11:23 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A court issued an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government's restart plans.

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Unseasonable Rain Causes Heartache for Many Indian Farmers

April 16, 2015 11:20 am | by Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press | News | Comments

April is usually a time of celebration for millions of farmers across northern India. The winter wheat crop is ready to be harvested, and there's money to clear past debts and plan future planting.  This year, however, unseasonable rain and hailstorms in March destroyed millions of acres of farmland in the region.

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NIST Framework Can Help Business Continuity Professionals Prepare for Cyber Attacks

April 14, 2015 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Serious, targeted cyber attacks are a relatively new threat that have become more and more dangerous as organizations rely more on technology to store their data and operate their business on a day-to-day basis. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework contains a set of guidelines and best practices to help prevent and defend against cyber attacks.

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Can Metrics Measure Recoverability?

April 14, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As metrics continue to gain popularity amongst business continuity professionals, individual practitioners are beginning to develop their own methods for measuring program effectiveness, recovery and resilience.  David Lindstedt, Director of Program Management at the Ohio State University, said he thinks the industry should move its focus away from counting the amount of programs and towards predicting recoverability.

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Power Outages Create Serious Continuity Problems

April 14, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

With new cyber threats and complex supply chain resilience on the minds of business continuity professionals more than ever, it can be hard to focus on the disruptions that they have been dealing with for years.  Some of the simplest issues can cause the biggest problems and few things cause headaches for BC pros like power outages.

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Firms Push High-Tech Solutions to Fortify Airport Perimeters

April 14, 2015 11:05 am | by Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Associated Press investigation this week documented 268 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports from January 2004 through January 2015.

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Hackers Keep Trying New Targets in Search of Easy Data

April 14, 2015 11:03 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec, a leading cyber security company that says it's also seeing big increases in "spear-phishing," ''ransomware" and efforts to exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in software used by a wide range of industries.

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Residents Allowed to Return to Tornado-Hit Illinois Town

April 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Kerry Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area to assess damage and salvage what they could.  In all, some 70 buildings were destroyed or damaged in Fairdale, authorities said. Another 50 buildings were hit in nearby Rochelle.

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Millions Facing Higher Premium Rates for Flood Insurance

April 14, 2015 10:52 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $24 billion sea of red ink has millions of Americans in vulnerable flood zones, including homeowners still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, facing steep increases in flood insurance premiums.  New legislation that went into effect this month — the second time in two years Congress has tweaked the troubled National Flood Insurance Program — allows rate increases of up to 18 percent.

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Siberian Fires Sweep Through Villages, Kill 15

April 14, 2015 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Out-of-control agricultural fires have killed at least 15 people, injured hundreds more and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Siberia, authorities said.  The fires were started in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, by farmers burning the grass in their fields, but spread quickly because of strong winds.

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Trial Begins over Turkey's Mine Disaster that Killed 301

April 14, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Forty-five managers and employees of a mine in the western Turkish town of Soma, went on trial accused of causing the deaths of 301 miners who perished in a fire last year in Turkey's worst mining disaster.  Inspection reports said the coal had been smoldering for days before the May 13 disaster, releasing toxic gases.

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Understanding and Implementing ISO 22301

April 9, 2015 11:53 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

While it has not been universally adopted quite yet, ISO 22301 continues to pique the interest of resilience and business continuity professionals.  Many have begun implementing the new standard and aligning the goals of their programs with it.  Lynnda Nelson of the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (The ICOR) thinks ISO 22301 can help BC pros communicate better and provide a sense of uniformity.

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Creative Problem Solving Tools Can Help in Business Continuity Planning

April 9, 2015 11:47 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Business continuity professionals face a host of unique problems every day.  Those who have extensive experience in resilience know that no two situations are the same and preparing for future events can be extremely difficult.  Dick Donovan of M&T Bank said his organization has turned to creative problem solving (CPS) as a way to boost their resilience and get more people involved in the business continuity program.

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